Karne Hesketh

Karne L. Hesketh (born 1 August 1985) is a player for the Japan rugby union team.

Karne Hesketh
Date of birth (1985-08-01) 1 August 1985
Place of birthNapier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb; 216 lb)
SchoolNapier Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing, Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010– Munakata Sanix Blues 64 (145)
Correct as of 15 January 2017
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–2009 Otago 32 (70)
Correct as of 20 September 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014– Japan 15 (35)
Correct as of 26 November 2016

Early life

Hesketh was born in Napier, New Zealand, where he attended Napier Boys High School.[1]

Professional career

Hesketh is a professional rugby union player who plays wing for Fukuoka Sanix Blues since 2010. Since 2014, he also plays internationally for Japan.[2]

In what is regarded as one of the greatest upsets ever in Rugby World Cup history, and possibly one of the most famous victories in the history of sport, Hesketh with 84 minutes on the clock and with the last play of the game scored the winning try for Japan against South Africa in a 34–32 victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[3][4]

Afterward, he spoke of his immense pride at this victory of the Japanese national rugby team and celebrated with his teammates.

Personal life

His partner, Carla Hohepa, is a female New Zealand rugby union player who plays as a wing for New Zealand, Otago Spirit and Alhambra Union.[5][6]


  1. Hepburn, Steve (16 February 2010). "Hesketh takes wing for Japan". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  2. "Player statistics Hesketh Karne". Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  3. "Japan beat South Africa 34-32 in World Cup sensation". Yahoo! Sports.
  4. bbc.com/sport Rugby World Cup 2015: South Africa 32-34 Japan Rob Stevens, 19 September 2015
  5. "Ex-Students and NZ Black Ferns: Carla Hohepa and Kelly Brazier". Otago Polytechnic. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  6. Steve Hepburn (7 September 2010). "Rugby: Otago pair star in World Cup win". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
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